about the gpm thing that enables the mouse in the text mode in slackware 8 you have to edit the config file which if I remember correctly is in the
file and you go to the line that starts the gpm daemon and you change the device from the default
to the one you have if PS2 mouse you type
then restart your gpm daemon and you are ok.
have fun.....slackware Rulez.
but configuration of Linux - Sucks...